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Learn how to play the button accordion

Los Angeles, California

If you live in the Los Angeles area and have been searching for button accordion classes, look no further. In these classes, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the button accordion and take your playing to the next level. Beginners are welcome. Scroll down for testimonials and FAQs.

Class Registration and Start Dates

Early Registration

March 31 – April 2, from 4-7pm
Visit Plaza De La Raza to secure your spot.
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Spring 2020 Class Dates

April 13 – June 13, 2020.
Read on for class details and times.

Button Accordion Class Los Angeles

Student Testimonials (Back to Top)

“By taking these lessons I have been introduced into a whole new repertoire and genre that I can continue to study and perform with my family and professionally on stage. I have improved as a musician and become more versatile in my music capabilities.” ~ Marcos R., Button accordion student since 2009

“This is an excellent class for the Beginner who needs guidance in learning to play. Otono is an excellent instructor.” ~ Tom B., Button accordion student since 2005

“Learning to play the accordion is a joy. It reinforces discipline and focus while soothing and calming the mind. I feel a sense of accomplishment after every session. Stronger arms is also a plus! The instructor (Otoño) is patient and invested in student learning. He helps one tackle musical roadblocks as they arise, which maximizes performance. Sessions are fun!” ~ Jackie V., Button accordion student since 2009

“Thank you for making Elizabeth’s lessons as successful as they have been this past year. Elizabeth has shown some talent as an accordion player, and my wife and I have enjoyed listening to her practice sessions.” ~ Paul

“…taking the accordion class has provided me with some practice strategies that I have incorporated into my guitar practice. The class is also fun and my friends and relatives are all impressed that I would take up this instrument. I would definitely encourage a friend to take the class. [There is] a set syllabus for the class, yet [the instructor is] flexible enough to the needs and pace of the students. I knew accordion was going to be fun, I am learning so much more than just how to squeeze!!” ~ Margaret S., Button accordion student since January 2010

“I just want to say thank you for the class you teach. There are few accordion classes available so you taking the time to teach them for Plaza is awesome for those who want to learn… I really liked how you started with the playing basics and then jumped right in to playing.” ~ Jessica C., Button accordion student since January 2012

“I really enjoyed the class… I am definitely enjoying the instrument and want to keep coming.” ~ Jonas T., Button accordion student since January 2012

Accordion Class with Otoño Luján at Plaza De La Raza (Fall, 2013)Read recent press coverage of these classes.

Class Details & FAQ’s

Who is this for? (Back to Top)
Anyone interested in learning to play the button accordion. No prior musical experience is required and you have the choice of private or group classes. The button accordion is used in a variety of genres, such as Conjunto Tejano, Norteño, Zydeco, Cajun, Vallenato, Merengue, Cumbia, Rock, Blues, Country and more.

What can I expect to learn? (Back to Top)
The main class objective for beginners is to learn to play at least one song by the end of the nine weeks (although we typically work on several songs over a 9-weeks period). The class will break down the components to the song (such as major scale, rhythm & tempo), and you will be taught practice techniques to overcome your own individual challenges and advance your playing. Students will also be given handouts to aid in learning. For intermediate to advanced students, you will be challenged to overcome “roadblocks” that may have been holding you back.

Where are classes held? (Back to Top)
Classes are held at Plaza De La Raza, just minutes from downtown L.A.. The address is: 3540 North Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Do I need an accordion? (Back to Top)
Plaza De La Raza has button accordions on site and available to students — both during class and for you to practice with on site. So no, you do not need an accordion to start taking classes. It is, however, highly advisable that you invest in even a modest accordion for practicing at home, between classes. Most students find it more convenient to have their own. If you need assistance finding or purchasing an accordion, contact Otoño online.

When do classes meet? (Back to Top)
All class sessions are 9-weeks long and meet once per week on Mondays. Below is a list of all available times (call for current available time slots). For a one-hour private lesson, simply choose two adjacent class times. (Five minutes is allocated for change over between classes.)

Mondays (Except Holidays & Breaks)

  • 7:00-7:55pm – Group Class (Beginner)
  • 8:00-8:55pm – Group Class (Intermediate – New Class!)

* No private classes currently available.

What does it cost for the whole 9-weeks of instruction? (Back to Top)
~ Beginner group lessons are $100
~ Intermediate group lessons are $180
~ Private 1/2 hour lessons are $225
~ Private hour lessons are $360
(There is a $30 annual registration fee to enroll.)

How do I sign up? (Back to Top)
Visit Plaza De La Raza in person during the open-registration period before the start of the session. Join the email list to be notified of updates to this page.

Still have questions? (Back to Top)
~ For questions related to registration, scheduling and availability of private lessons, please call Plaza De La Raza at 323-223-2475.
~ For questions regarding class content, contact the instructor Otoño Luján by online form or by phone at 310-488-3076.

These workshops are sponsored in part by Hohner, Inc.

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